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trump doubling down on attacks against a former miss universe. now president obama's weighing in. >> you had somebody who basically insulted women in terms of how he talks about them and talks about their weight and talks about how they look instead of the content of their character and their capabilities. >> and the last of the peacemakers, the world mourning the death of former israeli president, nobel peace prize winner simon perez. >> let us take the risk of trying peace rather than allowing the risk of war. >> good day to you. i'm peter alexander in new york city today where hillary clinton departs this hour for new hampshire to pitch to millennial voters, bringing with her bernie
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sanders to try to close the deal. andrea mitchell, the host of this show, joins me now from the tarmac in white plains. i want to talk about the topic os millennials posing real challenges for hillary clinton in her efforts so far. these are where things stand now. hillary clinton up 12 points in a four-way race, specifically among those millennial voters between 18 and 34. you see a combined 22% of support for gary johnson and jill stein. this remains a real challenge for hillary clinton and her campaign. >> she has dropped precipitously with millennial voters in the last month alone. she's not relating to them as much as she needs to, according to her campaign. she needs to improve that margin with the younger voters. it is national voter registration day as of yesterday, the week. they are trying to get out. they have been on campuses. we were on a campus in raleigh,
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north carolina, yesterday. bill clinton out yesterday trying to register young voters. joe biden on the drexel campus in west philadelphia yesterday. this is the pitch with bernie sanders who has such a following with young voters. he campaigned with, for her, against donald trump in ohio on a campus a week ago saturday. at the same time, not really talking enough about hillary clinton, according to some people within her campaign. wanting to hear more about her, less against donald trump. the concern is that when bernie sanders campaigns against donald trump it's also potentially reinforcing the appeal of the third party candidate. they want it to go to hillary clinton. this is only the second time sanders appears with her. previously it was the endorsement day in new hampshire. again now in new hampshire where she lost to bernie sanders by 20 points. this is very important. they will be talking about their college free tuition plan in
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public colleges, public colleges and universities. it is a plan, by the way, where she moved quite far during the primary campaign towards where sanders stood because she thought initially or said initially his plan would bust the budget. but she really did move quite a ways. by the time of the convention she was solidly in the sanders camp. she wants to emphasize they don't think the clinton plan has gotten enough attention. that's what they are pushing today. peter? >> more broadly in terms of the relationship between senator sanders and hillary clinton, how frequent is the conversation between these two. is he, as you indicated remains a significant advocate on their behalf. in ohio it was almost half an hour before he usedhe secretary's name. >> i would say they are not frequent phone pals or pen pals. i don't think that this is really close relationship. elizabeth warren has been more bought in to the hillary clinton
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camp than has bernie sanders. he's still his own figure, as you know. i think that it is still a work in progress. they really need him now, particularly in new hampshire. some of the other battleground states where he still has a significant young following. >> the revolution lives. unclear if it can be transferred from one candidate to another. that's what they hope bernie sanders can help with. >> right. >> i want your thoughts on this day, of course, the passing of shimon peres. i want to put up statements from others. president obama saying a light has gone out. but the hope he gave us will burn forever. he was a soldier for israel, for the jewish people, for justice, for peace and for the belief that we can be true to our best se selves to the end of our time on earth and the legacy we leave to others. president bill clinton will attend the funeral for the family saying he and hillary lost a true friend. his critics called him a
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dreamer. he was a lucid, eloquent dreamer until the very end. thank goodness. let those of us who loved him keep the dream alive. give us a sense having covered the legacy of peres and witnessing it firsthand the meaning of the man, not just to israel but the international community? >> he was a singular figure. not just a nobel laureate although that's certainly part of his legacy. he shared it interestingly enough in 1994 with i can't sar arafat and of course izak rabin. they came together in september of 1993 on the south lawn of the white house at the behest of bill clinton for bringing together palestinians and israelis. the last great peace agreement. it was bill clinton as they met in the roosevelt room who urged them to take hands.
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rabin didn't want to take arafat's hand. he was considered a terrorist and anathema to israel. but bill clinton brokered a famous three-way handshake on the south grounds of the white house. i think it was september 12 or 13 of 1993. >> september 13. >> one of the great days in my career as a journalist, being a white house correspondent at the time. we were all, of course, live on the south lawn witnessing this moment. of course that moment a year or so later came to an end with the brutality, assassination of rabin. he was almost a father figure to bill clinton. you can imagine how important this is to the clintons, the obamas and the state department when hillary clinton was secretary of state there was a beautiful photo of shimon peres walking hand in hand when she visited him in jerusalem. this is a real passing and he's
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the last great peacemaker. that's certainly a moment. turning back to politics, if you will, peter, there has been an important endorsement for hillary clinton today from a leading republican figure in virginia. john warner, the retired senator, the senior senator, the former chairman of the armed services committee has in an appearance in alexandria today endorsed hillary clinton and tim kaine, the running mate there. let's listen. >> when i recounted what the opponent has said about the military, i shake my head. but i remember back in boot camp in the winter of 1945 when iwo jima was going on, big battles in europe. the battle of the bulge. they drilled into us 17, 18-year-old kids day after day there was a placard on the wall.
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it simply said "loose lips sink ships." got that, trump? loose lips sink ships. [ applause ] >> and senator warner joins me now. senator, thank you very much for being with us. it's noisy at my end. we are at the airport where hillary clinton will be flying out. why did you decide to endorse hillary clinton over donald trump? >> well, first, andrea, may i congratulate you and others on the very dignified way you're addressing the loss of that great statesman. i was on the white house lawn as a senator when that handshake took place. the whole world lost a powerful figure for peace. you had a question. >> the question is why hillary
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clinton -- why not endorse a republican, donald trump? why are you endorsing hillary clinton? >> fine. very simple. i related what career i have had in life to what was taught me as an early young man by the navy and then the marine corps. i served in both. and, you know, we were taught the fundamental principles of what america's all about. and how we were in a cause to save the freedom of our country. and those same principles linger with me today. when i saw the opponent, trump, treat the military in a manner to me which was undignified, ill-informed, i said to myself, i have devoted much of my life -- i say with a sense of humility -- to national security issues. having been a leader on the armed services committee for 30
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years in the senate. and i just said, i believe of the two candidates, having watched hillary work on the armed services committee where i was her boss, the chairman, very vigorously, faithful, well-informed, evoking to the witnesses a sense of fairness as she cross-examined the military. tough but fair. she was always prepared. it seems to me not much attention is given to that chapter of her career. i just want to draw the attention of the undecided voters in my state, virginia, which supported me so strongly to look at that as a basis for making their decision that national security has got to be given to that individual. best capable. best trained. best experienced. to carry out the awesome responsibilities of president of
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the united states. >> do you have concerns over her use of e-mails, the things that she has been criticized for? >> yes. all of us are concerned about that. i think she looked us square in the eye and said, i made a mistake, i have learned my lesson. i recall on the committee we were almost weekly involved in briefings of high security in which she participated and documents were taken to her office and carefully protected. we never had a security problem the whole time six years, to my knowledge, as chairman on that committee with the way our members handled security matters. >> thank you very much. thank you for being with us today. we really appreciate that. now we want to take you to
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lasalle university. >> good to see you. >> very good to see you, sir. thank you. we want to take you to lasalle university where michelle obama is campaigning today for hillary clinton. >> -- questions designed to undermine his presidency. questions that cannot be blamed on others or swept under the rug by an insincere sentence uttered at a press conference. let me take that moment. during his time in office, i think barack has answered these questions with the example he set and the dignity he's shown by going high when they go low. [ cheers and applause ] he's answered those questions with the progress we have achieved together. progress like health reform, passing hillary clinton, creating millis of jobs, slashing the unemployment rate,
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lifting millions of people out of poverty. expanding lgbt rights so marriage equality is now the law of the land. i could go on. but even after all this progress it's understandable that folks feel a little uncertain as we face the next transition. so the question is how do we sort through all the negativity, all the name-calling in this election and choose the right person to lead our country forward? well, as someone who has seen the presidency up close and personal, let me share with you what i have learned about this job. lesson s that seem more relevan, more critically important after monday's debate. first and foremost, this job is hard.
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it is the highest stakes, most 24/7 job you can possibly imagine. the issues that cross a president's desk are never easy. solutions to persistent systemic challenges are never black and white. just think about the crises this president has faced the last night years in his first term alone barack had to rescue our economy from the worst crisis since the great depression. he had to make the call to take out osama bin laden. [ cheers and applause ] respond to devastating natural disasters like hurricane sandy and more. when it comes to the qualificati qualifications we should demand in a president we need someone who will take the job seriously. someone who will study and prepare so that they understand the issues better than anyone else on their team.
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we need someone with superb judgment in their own right because a president can hire the best advisers on earth, but i guarantee you five advisers will give five different opinions and it is the president and the president alone who always has to make the final call. we also need someone who is steady and measured. because when making life or death, war or peace decisions a president can't just pop off or lash out irrationally. no! we need an adult in the white house. i guarantee you. finally we need someone who is compassionate. someone who will be a role model for our kids. someone who is not just in this for themselves but for the good of this entire country, all of us. see, at the end of the day, as i
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have said before, the presidency doesn't change who you are. it reveals who you are. and the same is true of a presidential campaign. u.s. presidential campaigns are very long. nearly two and a half years or half of one presidential term, just think about that. so if a candidate is erratic and threatening, if a candidate traffics in prejudice, fears and lies on the campaign trail, if a candidate thinks not paying taxes makes you smart -- or that it's good business when people lose their homes. if a candidate regularly and flippantly makes cruel and insulting comments about women about how we look, how we act, well, sadly, that's who the
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candidate really is. that's the kind of president they will be and, trust me, a candidate is not going to suddenly change once they are in office. just the opposite, in fact. because the minute the individual takes that oath, they are under the hottest, harshest light there is and there is no way to hide who they really are. see, at that point it's too late. they are the leader of the world's largest economy. commander in chief of the most powerful military force on earth. with every word they utter, they can start wars, crash markets, fundamentally change the course of this planet. so who in this election is truly ready for that job? who do we pick? for me, and i hope there are
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some who are still deciding there, but for me it's very clear that there is only one person in this race who we can trust with those responsibilities. only one person with the qualifications and temperament for this job and that person is our friend hillary clinton. [ cheers and applause ] so let me tell you why. we know hillary is the right person because we have seen her character and commitment, not just during this campaign but over the course of the entire life. we have seen her dedication to public service, how after law school she became an advocate for kids with disabilities. she fought for children's health care as first lady and for quality child care as a senator. when she didn't become president in 2008, hillary didn't throw in the towel. no. she once again answered the call to serve and earned sky high
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approval rating for the outstanding job she did for us as our secretary of state. [ cheers and applause ] and for those who question her stamina to be president, hillary's resilience is more th proven as she said on monday night. she's the only candidate in this race who traveled to 112 countries, who has negotiated a cease-fire, a peace agreement, a release of dissidents, who spent 11 hours testifying before a congressional committee. hillary is tough. when she gets knocked down, she doesn't complain. she doesn't cry "foul." no, she gets back up. she comes back stronger for the people who need her most. here's what's also true. hillary is one of the few people on this entire planet and
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clearly the only person in the race who actually has any idea what this job entails. who's seen it from every angle. the staggering stakes, the brutal hours, the overwhelming stresses. here's this thing. she still wants to do this job. she believes she has an obligation to use her talents. what do we teach you all? to use your talents to help as many people as possible. that's why hillary clinton is running. see, that's dedication. that's what love of country looks like. so when i hear folks saying they don't feel inspired in this election, i have to disagree. see, because for eight years i have seen what it takes to actually do this job. here's what i know for sure.
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right now we have an opportunity to elect one of the most qualified people who has ever endeavored to be president. hillary has been a lawyer, a law professor. first lady of arkansas. first lady of the united states. a u.s. senator, secretary of state. that's why i'm inspired by hillary. i'm inspired by her persistence, her consistency, her heart and by her guts. i'm inspired by her lifelong record of public service. no one in our lifetime ever had as much experience and exposure to the presidency. not barack, bill, nobody. yes, she happens to be a woman. [ cheers and applause ] so trust me, pennsylvania, experience matters. preparation matters.
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temperament matters. hillary clinton has it all. she's the real deal. i have come to know her very well over the years. i know that she's more than ready, more than able to be an outstanding president for all of us. so we cannot afford to squander this opportunity, particularly given the alternative. because we know that being president isn't anything like reality tv. it is not an apprenticeship. it is not just about fiery speeches or insulting tweets. it is about whether someone can handle the awesome responsibility of leading this country. so as you prepare to make this decision i urge you to ignore the chatter and the noise and ask yourselves which candidate really has the experience, the maturity, the temperament to
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handle this job. which candidate's words and actions speak to the values we share? values like inclusion, opportunity, sacrifice for others. your answers to these questions on election day will determine who sits in the oval office after barack obama. let's be clear. elections aren't just about who votes, but who doesn't vote. and that's especially true for young people, like all of you. in fact, in 2012, voters under the age of 30 -- yay for you all. that's not me. you provided the margin of victory for barack in four key battleground states -- florida, ohio, virginia, and right here in pennsylvania. you all did it.
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[ cheers and applause ] but hear this. without those votes barack would have lost those states. he would have lost the election. period, end of story. for any of you who might be thinking that your one vote doesn't really matter or that one person can't really make a difference, consider this. back in 2012 barack won pennsylvania by about 300,000 votes which sounds like a lot. but, see, when you break that number down, the difference between winning and losing is state was only 17 votes per precinct. take that in. 17 votes. that's how presidential elections are won and lost on five votes, 17 votes per precin precinct. the fact is each of you here in this auditorium, in this special place -- we are in a gym, right? i got confused. but each of you could swing an
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entire precinct and win this election for hillary just by getting yourselves, your family, your classmates out to vote. that's all you have to do. that's it. you can do it. you have the power. but you could also help swing an entire precinct for hillary's opponent with a protest vote. or by staying home out of frustration. because here is the truth. either hillary clinton or her opponent will be elected president this year. if you vote for someone other than hillary or if you don't vote at all then you are helping to elect hillary's opponent. and the stakes are far too high to take that chance. [ applause ] too high. remember, it's not about voting for the perfect candidate. there is no such person.
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in this election it's about making a choice between two very different candidates with very different visions for our nation. so the question is do you want hillary clinton to be your president or do you want her opponent to be your president? that's the choice in this election. if you choose hillary, like i am and have and will then we have to get to work. it is not enough to come to a rally and post selfies. that's cute and all that. my kids do it all the time. it's not enough to get angry and just speak out about the need for change. we all must take action to elect folks who will stand with us to make that change. that's your job. we need you to get yourself and everyone you know registered to vote today. we have volunteers here who will help you when this is over. if you're feeling fired up and even if you're not, go find them. get registered before you leave.
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and then we need you to roll up your sleeves because voting -- >> we have been listening to the first lady of the united states, michelle obama, the first in a doubleheader today in philadelphia at lasalle university. later this afternoon she'll be in pittsburgh telling the young folks in the audience there that there is no perfect candidate, but she indicated how important it is that they not allow a protest vote or the opportunity that they would stay home, that this is a binary choice between hillary clinton and her opponent without ever naming donald trump. i want to get to breaking news happening now from capitol hill. the senate has just voted to override president obama's veto of legislation that would allow lawsuits against foreign sponsors of terrorism. in effect paving the way for 9/11 families to sue saudi arabia. the house, we have learned, will vote this afternoon. kelly o'donnell joins us now from the hill with the latest. we knew this was coming.
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a lot of it will happen fast with the house vote this afternoon. >> exactly. the senate is still on the floor. we know they have passed the necessary threshold of a two-thirds majority to override the president's veto. this is very rare. first time for president obama. historically, fewer than 10% of presidential vetoes are over ridden. this comes, of course, weeks before a presidential election. it relates to the question of terrorism and of course specifically 9/11 families. politically they are a powerful block. it is difficult for senators and members of congress to go against such an emotionally charged issue. this is the first time we are seeing senators vote by name. earlier when the bill was passed which makes what advocates describe as a narrow change to sovereignty law allowing citizens to sue foreign governments for acts of terror on u.s. soil. this is the first time the senators are going name by name.
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the resistance is a concern from president obama and allies in congress that there could be a backlash against americans who would be exposed to lawsuits around the world. other governments could pass similar laws. typically governments aren't permitted to be sued in this way. when you consider all the places around the world where the u.s. is engaged for example there could be those in iraq who would sue the u.s. over what they would call war crimes in iraq. that's one kind of scenario. because this deals with the kingdom of saudi arabia but one with a lot of complicating factors today i saw members of the saudi delegation here on capitol hill trying to appeal to not have it go forward. the complication between the u.s. and saudi arabia, the vote is being announced right now. if you take the full thing you will see this. >> to the contrary notwithstanding. >> the majority leader. >> we have order in the senate.
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>> order in the chamber. >> harry reid, the top democrat in the senate who is not up for re-election who sided with president obama. i want to pause so you can see it actually locked in. the house has changed its plan. originally going to vote tomorrow. now they will do so this afternoon. so this is an extraordinary moment. historical for the obama presidency and it has big implications in the election year with an issue as emotional and as riveting at terrorism. peter? >> to reinforce what kelly was saying by a 97-1 vote, the one vote siding with the president, the nevada senior senator harry reid. you talk about the political implications of this now. walk us through where the candidates stand on this. both donald trump and hillary clinton also oppose president obama's position on this. >> for hillary clinton this is particularly politically risky. there are not many issues on which she differs with president
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obama. because she was, of course, the new york senator at the time of 9/11 and one of the cosponsors of the legislation is chuck schumer who is likely to be the next democratic leader in the senate because harry reid is retiring. that's a strong bond they have. hillary clinton is effectively balking at the president's view on this. the veto. of course as a former secretary of state she would understand the diplomatic dimensions of this and what could be unintended consequences of the law. it is, of course, an acronym that's about justice against state sponsors of terrorism. jasta is the shorthand. for hillary clinton this is an issue where she has to break from a president she's often tried to embrace on the campaign trail. president obama said his legacy is on the ballot. this isn't an issue where a lot of u.s. citizens have been engaged outside the 9/11 community. there are international implications that could play out down the line.
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it's been a battle on capitol hill with the saudis coming here. many lawmakers say they really have to side with the 9/11 families, even though they recognize there could be complications down the line. >> kelly o'donnell at the hill for us. worth noting we'll be watching this afternoon as the hill has the opportunity on the hill as the house of representatives has an opportunity to override the veto. among them representative nancy pelosi saying she plans to support the override effort. she said there is no split between democrats and president obama saying it is not against the president. it is against an idea, an interpretation of the bill. we'll watch live on msnbc over the course of the day. another headline today is the president himself slamming donald trump's controversial comments about women. it happened in a radio interview that aired this morning. here is a part. listen. >> you had somebody who
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basically insulted women and then doubled down i think this morning in terms of how he talks about them and talks about their weight and talks about, you know, how they look instead of the content of their character and their capabilities, which is not something that i want -- not somebody i want in the oval office that my daughters are listening to and that sons are listening to. so, you know,oss the board you've got somebody who appears to only care about himself. >> this comes as donald trump is doubling down on those critical remarks he made about former miss universe alicia machado. joining me is ashley bell, national director of african-american engagement for the republican national committee. good to see you. first out of the gate your reaction to what president obama had to say about donald trump. >> well, this is democrats throwing out distractions again, trying to repaint donald trump to something he's not. donald trump had a career long before he was in politics. >> doesn't donald trump repaint himself? he wasn't even asked about it on fox news. he said she was over weight, she was a real problem.
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why not, like pretty much any candidate say, you know, it was 20 years ago i shouldn't have said it. doesn't that concern people as we talk about temperament and judgment? >> he was a proud, strong businessman before this. my family had family members that worked for donald trump in florida. people were proud -- >> this is what he said this week. >> when you try to reset the table and catch him with distractions people know who donald trump is. thousands of people worked for him, proud to associate with him. trying to recast him as something he's not. hillary clinton needs to answer for her 30 years in office and everything she's done instead of distractions. they are doing it because they are scared. donald trump won the debate. he came out on fire. they're worried they are losing the race so they take up the old distractions. >> there is a dispute over who won. donald trump said there are new polls coming out. >> let's be fair. nothing matters until november 8. we can agree on that.
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there was an interview with nbc news where alicia machado was asked if she ables donald trump is racist. i want your sporesponse to that. >> do you think he's racist? >> yes. yes absolutely. absolutely. >> what's the proof that you think he's racist? >> you know, i listened to a few comments from him when he was my boss, but i don't want to talk about it because it's too much rude for the black community, and i respect a lot of things. >> not just against latino, you say, blacks, african-americans as well. >> yes.
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he don't like that people either. he's trying to make up distractions. and now he's in the churches. he's ridiculous. >> you've been tasked with republican outreach to african-americans. give me a sense now. donald trump has said there are american cities in this country, inner cities that have gone to hell saying young african-americans and african-americans more broadly have nothing to lose by voting for him. how does that message resonate with the african-american community? >> the african-american community knows donald trump before hillary clinton tried to tarnish him. people in my family worked for donald trump, went to his property, proud to work for donald trump. when it comes to this debate and the farces, when you talk about stop and frisk you have too many people equating a google search with a law degree. it is the legal ability of the
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law enforcement community. they are trying to make it seem like he made it up. in new york city the problems with stop and frisk started with bloomberg, not rudy giuliani. >> but the bottom line is the application -- let's be clear. it was the application of stop and frisk ruled unconstitutional but after the implementation the murder rate has gone down dramatically. is that the solution given that it raised so many concerns about racial profiling as the majority of those individuals questioned -- >> at least now you're having the conversation. the conversation is the applicability and how to apply stop and frisk and not stop and frisk as a constitutional right of police to do. so if you are talking about applicability everybody has to be held to the same standard. it was 600,000 -- >> bottom line is white and black people were held to different standards because african-americans and latinos were pulled over with much greater frequency. i think that's the concern. does that message concern members of minority communities? >> look, everyone wants to make
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sure the constitution is applied and every american deserves equal protection under the law. when you look at stop and frisk it was 600,000 stop and frisk applied under bloomberg. only 100,000 under rudy giuliani. >> the number one. donald trump said his support among african-americans will shoot up like a rocket. last time we polled it was 5 or 7%. there it is. 81% for hillary clinton. 7% for donald trump. how does he better appeal to black voters given their reluctance to come on board? >> as long as hillary clinton only trashes donald trump and won't tell black americans why they should vote for her we have a chance. she's in 80%, many times barack obama was 95. she doesn't tell us what to do. just why we shouldn't vote for trump. that's not enough for voters. >> millennials and the rest of the voters probably want to know what both sides plan to do.
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thank you very much. >> good to see you. coming up, hillary clinton dispatching top surrogates to campuses in battleground states to win over millennials and the hardball college tour is in effect tonight. chris matthews on the campus of the university of new hampshire. an exclusive interview with governors gary johnson and his running mate bill weld. we'll be back with more "andrea mitchell reports."
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announcer: they'll test you.
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try to break your will. but however loud the loudness gets. however many cheese puffs may fly. you're the driver. the one in control. stand firm. just wait. [click] and move only when you hear the click that says they're buckled in for the drive. never give up till they buckle up. you did a vice presidential debate. did you prepare a lot for that? >> i know where you're going with this one. all right? yes, i did, david. >> all right. well, has preparation helped? >> it does, david. >> paul ryan there with candid
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comments, as much as he laughed through most of them on his personal preferences. when it comes to debate prep donald trump's post debate message was largely drowned out by his latest series of controversies. joining us, chris cillizza, the msnbc contributor and founder of the washington post's fix blog. kristen welker in the middle with the clinton campaign and andrea mitchell in white plains, the host of the show. andrea, let's go to you if we can. this controversy about alicia machado and i spoke with the rnc on this topic. she sort of checks a lot of boxes. this is an attractive young latina woman. the clinton campaign believes this is someone that will help. her story will resonate with audiences they are trying to reach. >> she crosses -- she goes across so many demographics of the voters they are trying to reach. undecided voters, millennial,
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women, latina, young voters. it is an important cohort. it is a more graphic representation because it has tape of donald trump interacting with her and speaking about her. it is obviously something they planned tactically for the debate. as far as it's gone so far they think this was a very important hit against donald trump and something they are trying to exploit to the fullest. >> andrea, we know you are hopping on a plane in a moment. kristen, you are already in front of the plane in new hampshire. hillary clinton and bernie sanders for the second time will be together today. give us a sense of the expectations for this event and whether bernie sanders can make an effective pitch not just against donald trump but for hillary clinton. >> well, the clinton campaign thinks he is one of the strongest voices to make that pitch. peter, we are at the university of new hampshire and the goal is to rally those all important
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millennial voters. they chose senator sanders in the primary. the clinton campaign sees him as a link to getting them to support secretary clinton. right now taking a look at third party candidates including gary johnson who gets about 16% of millennial voters. secretary clinton off the m ark if you match a two-way match-up compared to where president obama was at this point in 2012. so the campaign thinks that this is an event that really can help to energize a key part of the obama coalition. the goal today isn't just to take aim at donald trump, but to talk about secretary clinton's policies for college affordability. she and bernie sanders agreed to a plan to provide free community college for many americans and debt-free college. that's a lot of what you will hear today. >> chris, the low road is a two-way street. howard dean with shocking comments within the last 24 hours. first on twitter, repeating them
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in a conversation with kate snow here on this network. that he doesn't believe trump is currently a cocaine user. still he floated that it may have been possible in the past. here's part of what he said to kate snow. >> he sniffs during the presentation which is something that users do. he also has grandiosity. he has delusions -- i'm not talking about being crazy. for example, when he told everybody it was smart not to pay taxes and denied he said it after he said it in front of a hundred million people, he has trouble with pressured speech. hillary clinton, 29 times he couldn't keep himself together. >> the bottom line what do you make of this moment and this is not what democrats want anybody talking about now. >> no. honestly, peter, i have been watching msnbc. i know msnbc has been covering it. i'm surprised this isn't a bigger story. this is the former chairman of the democrat yek national committee and a medical doctor
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saying that the republican nominee may have at some point done cocaine, suggesting it happened during the first presidential debate. that's odd. >> with no evidence. >> howard dean is someone who made his reputation on being partisan. this strikes me as something different than that. look. this is another example you could say of donald trump unable to get out of the way of a bad story for him. he makes news that drowns out things that we might be talking about otherwise. i honestly think we should probably be talking more about this. i mean, the fact that howard dean -- okay, tweeting one thing during the campaign, i wouldn't do it. going on with kate yesterday and sort of reiterating everything he said. >> no apologies today either.
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>> this was not a heat of the moment thing. i'm glad you brought it up. i think it is worth talking about. >> i want to ask you about a conversation you had on the broadcast within the last hour with a man who's been celebrated in foreign policy circles for a long time. this is the former senator from virginia john warner, former chair of the armed services committee. here is part of what he said to you in endorsing hillary clinton a little bit ago. i just want to draw the attention of the undecided voters in my state, virginia, which supported me so strongly national security has got to be given to that individual. best capable. best trained. best experienced. to carry out the awesome responsibilities of president of the united states. >> talk about the significance of those comments and what clout he may hold for voters particularly in the battleground state of virginia. >> he has a lot of clout.
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he endorsed mark warner, in relation, in 2014, the junior senator from virginia. look, he is an esteemed figure from world war ii. he helped ronald reagan in 1980 win the presidency. he was the armed services chairman. he is really beloved in the military in veterans community in virginia and around the country. this is an important endorsement. endorsements don't always matter. this one might. the fact that he worked with hillary clinton in the senate and vouches for her bipartisan role, her role for the military as an armed services senator. it means something. it certainly could persuade some in the military community, certainly in virginia, if not nationally. i also think within the republican party even though he's retired he carries a lot of weight. this was a good endorsement for hillary clinton. a quick point of personal privilege to say from donald trump's biography he has said
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and it has been established for many years that he never drank alcohol or did any drugs partly because of the tragic death, the loss of his own brother through addictions. i think that should be out there as well. so far howard dean has shown no evidence of anything like this. >> that's exactly right. a point that donald trump himself has made over the course of the campaign and his aides repeat. chris cillizza and andrea mitchell, thank you very much. more on "andrea mitchell reports" up next including breaking news. the u.s. now sending more american military personnel to iraq. why and what they will do. that's next here only on msnbc. ugh. heartburn.
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we have breaking news now. the pentagon announcing the u.s. will be sending for troops to iraq. approximately 600 american troops will be deployed in the coming weeks. joining me is nbc's chief
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foreign correspondent richard engel ins i stan bull today. give us the decision and what the troops' role will be in iraq. >> reporter: the answer is one word. the city of mosul. that's the main focus of u.s. forces in iraq, of the iraqi army now. mosul, the second largest city in iraq is still held by isis. and there is a lot of preparation under way to drive out isis from the city center. that would involve the kurds as a blocking position, sending in iraqi troops, particularly special forces into the center of the city. that's why i think we are seeing this build-up now. there is a desire, according to the military officials to have it done by the end of the year. >> richard, staying in the region to syria now. today secretary of state john kerry spoke by phone with the russian foreign minister telling him the u.s. is making preparations to suspend its
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bilateral engagement with russia in syria unless russia takes immediate steps to end the assault on aleppo. the latest on what at least a couple of weeks ago people had light optimism could be a cease-fire that holds. >> reporter: yes. light optimism that proved to be mistaken. i think this is not one of the finer moments of u.s. diplomacy in recent years. secretary kerry agreeing with moscow to a phased cease-fire agreement that was going to ultimately lead to a political transition in syria in je thgen. i was there for the announcement. days later russia and the syrian government, instead of continuing a cease-fire launched a major offensive against aleppo using incendiary weapons, bunker busters and according to rights groups and rescue workers in the city, killing hundreds of people over the last several days.
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>> finally on the malaysian airline flight mh-17 we have now learned it was downed by a russian warhead. the latest o the investigation and what it means. >> well, russia denies it. russia came out with a statement flatly denying this allegation. for about a year now there's been an international dutch-led investigation and the chief investigator came out today and said there are witness reports. they have identified the field in ukraine in which this anti-aircraft missile was launched and that it was a russian missile system moved across the border from russia into ukraine, fired, took down the civilian aircraft killing nearly 300 people and then moved back into russia. that's what the investigation concluded today. russia came out and said nothing like that happened. the weapons system never entered ukraine to begin with. >> circling the globe with richard engel in 90 seconds or less. thank you. there is more ahead on "andrea
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that's going to do it for "andrea mitchell reports." follow the show on facebook and twitter. wrapping up the news over the course of the hour, michelle obama wrapping up her remarks in philadelphia. the second in a double header when she goes to pittsburgh, pennsylvania this afternoon. hallie jackson is live next from wisconsin. hallie? [ no audio ] >> if you're not hearing hallie jackson i'm not either. let me go to kasie hunt traveling with michelle obama. she's on the road in philadelphia. speaking of the young students of lasalle university, proud home of the explorers. i was struck, kasie, by some of what michelle obama said particularly on

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